RE: Deshall creating an Electron Hurricane in my Processor!!!

Adam Haberlach (HaberlaA@testlab.orst.edu)
Mon, 5 May 1997 22:45:54 -0700


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From: Michael J Gebis [SMTP:gebis@ecn.purdue.edu]
Sent: Monday, May 05, 1997 10:10 PM
To: drizzt@iaonline.com
Cc: deschall@gatekeeper.megasoft.com
Subject: Re: Deshall creating an Electron Hurricane in my
Processor!!!

>In another message in this thread, someone mentioned that
>processors
>are always doing something and don't stop. This is not
>strictly true.
>Under some OSes (namely those out of the Seattle area) the
>processor
>is always polling for IO or NOP'ing or whatever. Under other
>OS'es
>(namely those that end in NIX) when there's nothing to be done,
>the
>processor is halted. A processor is then woken up by an
>interupt (usually
>when an IO device finally finishes doing its thing). This
>does
>change things like power consumption and heat
>generation--running
>deschall could theoretically cause heat problems in a
>borderline
>system.

I said that...

Hmm--I wasn't aware that most of the processers that we're
using have a power saving or halt mode. I know that the one in
my pilot can go into a very deep sleep, and that the
laptop-targeted pentiums use very little power, but I thought
that was a specialty thing...

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Adam Haberlach haberlaa@ucs.orst.edu
http://www.engr.orst.edu/~haberlad
Crack DES now! http://www.frii.com/~rcv/deschall.htm

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